disabuse (someone or oneself) of (something)

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disabuse (someone or oneself) of (something)

To stop someone or oneself from continuing to believe something that is false. After being so ill, I had to disabuse myself of the notion that work is more important than my health.
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disabuse someone of something

to rid someone of an incorrect idea. Please allow me to disabuse you of that assumption. Please disabuse yourself of the notion that you are perfect.
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Obviously, there are people out there who do believe that gambling offers something for nothing, and we should all join with the likeable Hattersley in trying to disabuse them of the notion, for they will surely end up losing.
But the voters in coal-producing states such as West Virginia interpret the candidates' rhetoric as an endorsement of increased mining and burning of coal using existing processes that are anything but clean, and Obama and McCain have done nothing to disabuse them of that notion.
Being charged by Delgadillo should disabuse them of that belief.
If anyone still thinks there is some cosy cartel at the top of the supermarket sector rigging the market, a quick perusal of the Competition Commission's Safeway report will disabuse them of the notion.
It's high time that the Canadian bishops disabuse them of this notion.
I wanted to disabuse them of their expectations and, yet, to serve them finally with an emotional expression.
The negotiations over Valley cityhood aren't doing much to disabuse them of that perception.